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Old 08-05-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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I agree I don't think that guy has ever hiked anything in the west.
http://www.14ers.com/photos/peakmain.php?peak=Kit+Carson+Peak

take a look at any of these. gentle well graded slopes? Sure there are some easy mountains but until you've hoofed it up a 14er with your lungs burning, trying to navigate through boulder fields and talus with minimum 50 mph winds blowing you over please refrain from commenting on hiking in the west.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:09 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Did you do this Mimzy? If so, you did a pretty good job!

I like how you included the Alleghenies of New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio and the Cumberlands of West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Also the Porcupines of the Upper Peninsula.

I would add a few small areas like the Hudson Highlands, the Berkshire-Taconics, and the Chisos Mountains in the Big Bend National Park area of Texas. But overall, good job!
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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Hiking in the east can be more physically challenging? that's amusing. which mountains in the west have you climbed?
LOL Yeah that's some funny stuff right there.

I'd love to see you say that about the Olympics, let alone the Cascades.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: MN
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I made fun of a poster on another thread who claimed there are mountains in Minnesota and after looking at the mountain range map I eat my words But then when I look at the elevation map the mountains in Minnesota don't even show up
I live on the Sawtooth mountain range, our mountains are just older.
Tough, I don't know why that map in the first post calls it "iron mountains," around here there is little iron, most iron is further inland.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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The mountains in the West are far more rugged overall, but hiking in the East is nothing to shake a stick at (speaking as someone who's hiked on both sides). I think Henry's point was that the trails in the East are often older and cut through dense forests, meaning that most hikes in the Appalachians are a constant battle with tree roots, large rocks, often poorly maintained or poorly constructed trail surfaces, and very uneven slopes. Many of the original trails in the Appalachians were cut out to go directly to the summit of the mountain, whereas trailblazers in the West were more careful to use switchbacks, particularly considering the ruggedness and harsh conditions of the higher elevations.

There are few places in the East that can compete with the truly unforgiving terrain of the western mountains above the treeline, but there are some. All of these photos are from the White Mountains in NH, which can be easily as challenging as most hikes in the West, particularly considering the erratic and dangerous weather:


Franconia Ridge | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/benkimball1/2210979698/ - broken link)


Tuckerman Ravine | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cruadin/2485093816/ - broken link)


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Scott with Washington in the background | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bendo1/198004933/ - broken link)


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Old 08-05-2010, 07:30 PM
 
Location: MINNESOTA
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I made fun of a poster on another thread who claimed there are mountains in Minnesota and after looking at the mountain range map I eat my words But then when I look at the elevation map the mountains in Minnesota don't even show up


Those are the 'mountains'. lol. They seem bigger than the picture shows though, but that's about it for Minnesota. The Sawtooth MTs though are about a billion years old. Not really, but maybe, idk, but they are very very old.



This is the peak of 'Eagle Mountain', the highest peak in Minnesota, lol
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:32 PM
 
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I don't think hikers are hurting for good terrain on either coast, so get out and enjoy our country. Great photos Verseau.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Those are the 'mountains'. lol. They seem bigger than the picture shows though, but that's about it for Minnesota. The Sawtooth MTs though are about a billion years old. Not really, but maybe, idk, but they are very very old.



This is the peak of 'Eagle Mountain', the highest peak in Minnesota, lol

Looks alot like lake of the clouds in Michigan. The Mountains/hills in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota are pretty but clearly not that big. Really an area of rocky hills.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Has anyone been to the top of Mt Washington, New Hampshire? There is a weather station at the top that records some of the most brutal conditions possible. I would love to hike up to that peak [it is over 6000 feet high].
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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Hiking in the east can be more physically challenging? that's amusing. which mountains in the west have you climbed?
Here are some mountains in the west. Look way down to the valley and the elevation there is about 4000 ft. We were climbing up to Timpanogas caves. You go up 1000 ft in a mile and a half.

Mountains of America, a map-mount.jpg
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